The Apostle Paul said it best: “I don’t understand myself. I want to do what is right but I do not do it. Instead, I do the very thing I hate” (Romans 7:15). Can you relate? It seems so easy to fall into temptation. We all do it; so how do we overcome it?
The best way to fight temptation is the same way that Jesus did – with Truth. When Satan tempted Jesus, He responded by quoting Scripture. Again and again, Satan threw out a great prize and each time Jesus replied with Truth from God’s Word. With every temptation, such as food to satisfy His hunger, incredible power and influence, and even physical safety from harm – Jesus responded by quoting God’s Word. So how can we respond in the face of temptation? Follow Jesus’ example and begin by knowing God’s Word.
Perhaps you are thinking right now, “Bryant, that makes a lot of sense, but I’m just not able to memorize things.” Let me offer you some advice. Instead of memorizing the exact words, capture the spirit of the passage. There are two reasons for this: First, worrying over the exact words will trip you up and could create a mental block to your learning. You may even become so frustrated that you give up. Secondly, it’s the message that God is communicating through His Word that He uses to help us in that critical moment. When you follow Jesus’ example by knowing the Truth, you’ll have a much easier time overcoming your own temptations.